Warning to stay away from seal
A SUB-ANTARCTIC female fur seal has taken refuge among rocks in a corner of Bunbury’s BP Beach.
Beachgoer Ben Perich told the South Western Times he was walking down the beach for a surf when he almost stepped on a seal camouflaged by the surrounding rocks.
“As an ocean guy, it was my natural instinct to stay with it because it looked a bit distressed,” Mr Perich said.
After he contacted local authorities, Department of Parks and Wildlife regional officers visited the seal and assessed the situation.
Marine biologist Phil Coulthard said seals often came ashore for a rest after fighting off swells.
“We advise the public to allow the seal to recover so she can continue her journey,” he said.
“Stay clear and do not be fooled by her cute little face, they are violent animals with big canine teeth.”
Ben Perich stumbled across this seal and remained beside her for three hours.